Satwik-Chirag eye Thomas Cup gold
New Delhi: After a stupendous performance in badminton's mixed team and men's doubles events at the 21st Commonwealth Games, young Indian pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty has now trained their eyes on returning with the coveted
gold from next month's Thomas Cup.
A week after becoming the first Indian men's doubles pair to win a silver at a Commonwealth Games, 17-year-old Satwik is now busy preparing for his 12th standard board exams while his partner Chirag is attending all the felicitation programmes.
Once the exams are over, Satwik will join the camp in next 10 days, while Chirag, on the other hand, will start his training from Wednesday with the duo aiming another good performance at the Thomas Cup to be held from May 20 to 27 in Bangkok.
"I am preparing for 12th exams and I will join camp in 10 days for our preparation for Thomas Cup. We have a great chance to win the team event as we have three strong singles and two doubles," Satwik said.
Chirag, who has gone to Mumbai to spend time with family, said: "I think we have a great chance of winning a medal. Our top three singles players are in top 20 and then we have Sameer Verma and in doubles also apart from us, there is Manu (Attri) and Sumeeth (Reddy), so if we can pull off one doubles, we can win. "Srikanth, Prannoy and Sai Praneeth have already proven themselves and we are also confident that we can
beat the best players from China, Japan and Indonesia," he added.